(National Sentinel) North Korea: In response to a bold new round of sanctions that could see block as much as one-third of North Korea’s $3 billion annual trade income, leader Kim Jong-un remained defiant in the face of the renewed international effort and threatened to teach the United States a “severe lesson” if his country is attacked.

As reported by Reuters:

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new U.N. sanctions “fabricated” and warned there would be “strong follow-up measures” and acts of justice. It said the resolution showed the United Nations had abused its authority.

It said its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July proved that the entire United States was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defense.

The North has often threatened nuclear retaliation against the U.S., but then again that’s primarily why Washington could be angling to launch a preemptive strike against the country; the threat coupled with its maturing nuclear and ICBM programs.

Meanwhile, as The Wall Street Journal reports, Kim’s regime has stated emphatically it will never negotiate away its nuclear weapons program:

Defying pressure from new United Nations sanctions, North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. if militarily provoked and said it would “under no circumstances” negotiate on its nuclear and missile weapons programs.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday delivered the strongly worded statement to reporters on the sidelines of an Asian regional security conference hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed to implement the stiffest sanctions yet imposed on the Pyongyang regime.

Should the U.S. attack, North Korea stands “ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force,” according to a government statement North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

Them’s fightin’ words, as they say in the Midwest.

We reported earlier that a recent defector from North Korea said pretty much the same thing: Pyongyang would never give up its nuclear arsenal, and that war is inevitable because of its refusal. The only thing Kim has is his position as a big fish in a little pond; North Korea’s military arsenal is ancient compared to the modern force the U.S. and South Korea can bring to bear. Nuclear weapons are his only equalizer, and even at that, he can’t hope to rival America’s atomic might.

This will all end badly — for Kim — sooner or later.

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